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PublicationIntroduction to Agriculture in Small States( 2010) Virtual University for the Small States of the Commonwealth (VUSSC)Upon completion of the “Introduction to Agriculture Course”, you will be able to: 1. Explain the importance of agriculture to small states. 2. Demonstrate an appreciation of the relevance of agriculture to food security. 3. Understand the major factors affecting agricultural production in small states. 4. Compare and contrast the different agricultural systems. 5. Identify opportunities for entrepreneurship in agriculture using the value chain approach. 6. Demonstrate an understanding of how various agricultural groups work and where they fit in the value chain. 7. Analyze the agricultural environment within your region or small state.
PublicationIntroduction to Basic Horticulture in the Pacific( 2015-01) Silatolu, Ateca ; Drummond, RichardThis unit was written for people in Samoa who want to learn more about horticulture by the National University of Samoa. It is presented according to the National Competency Standard of the Samoa Qualifications Authority - HIP 001 Introduction to Basic Horticulture in the Pacific – Level 2.
PublicationIntroduction to Permaculture( 2015-02) Vermeulen, Walter J ; Leaupepe, Aloema ; Faatauvaa, Lauano ; Faasoi, Fagalima ; Auvele, Supervisor ; Mataafa, Anamaria ; Faatauva’a, TotoluaMatuaileoo Environmental Trust Incorporated (METI) in Samoa, with support from COL, has developed an introductory manual on Permaculture. This manual has been prepared as a self-instructional course for Taiala to enable them to teach people in their communities about permaculture. Taiala are front-line workers engaged in various education and development activities in support of METI’s ongoing projects. Taiala (path breaker) is considered an apt Samoan translation for front-line education and sustainable development worker. The Manual provides an opportunity for Taiala to learn about and be able to teach permaculture. This manual consists of three units of study: Unit 1: Philosophy and Ethics of Permaculture // Unit 2A: Managing the Environment Naturally // Unit 2B: Managing the Environment Scientifically // Unit 3: Design and Practice // The course material is available in PDF or DOC (Microsoft Word) format.
PublicationPoultry Keeping and Management: A Flexible Learning Course( 2015-08) Maina, John M ; Chemwetich, Joseph ; Eunice, Jepkemboi KThrough the INVEST Africa partnership of the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), representatives of Thika Technical Training Institute and Rift Valley Technical Training Institute in Kenya developed a course on poultry keeping for non-formal community training. Poultry keeping is one of the most popular forms of business among small-scale farmers. This is because poultry requires little capital, is easy to rear and easy to manage. Poultry keeping thus provides farmers with a great opportunity to start an income generating activity. The aim of this course is to provide learners with all the knowledge and skills needed to raise poultry for meat and eggs and manage a small-scale commercial poultry business. This main target group of this course is farmers who are interested in starting a poultry business. However, extension workers and other stakeholders who are interested in working with small-scale poultry farmers will also benefit. There are many types of poultry but in this course chicken will be focused on. The course will start by looking at the economics of poultry production so that learners can make an informed decision about the viability of this business before starting. It will then discuss various important aspects of poultry farming, such as poultry housing, types of chicken breeds, brooding, feed management, health management, and poultry production and marketing.
PublicationProducing Interlocking Stabilised Soil Blocks: A Flexible Learning Course( 2015) Isaack, Bwanbok K ; Njonjo, Josephat M ; Ngwai, Foustin M ; Koome, Mitti C LThrough the INVEST Africa partnership of the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), representatives of four Kenyan institutes, namely Rift Valley Technical Training Institute, Coast Institute of Technology, Masai Technical Training Institute and Mombasa Technical Training Institute, developed a course on brick making for non-formal community training. Soil is one of the main materials used for the construction of traditional low-cost houses in rural areas because it is cheap and locally available. Some houses are constructed entirely or partially with soil depending on the local traditions, climate, available skills and cost. One disadvantage of traditional soil-based construction is that they require regular maintenance and protection. This has led to the development of new methods or technologies that improve the quality and durability of soil construction methods. One such method is brick making. This course explains how to produce interlocking stabilized soil blocks (ISSB), which is a type of unfired brick. The course covers the tools and equipment used to make the soil blocks and how to select and test the soil used for making them. In addition, the production of blocks and how to use them for construction will also be explained. // Available in Microsoft Word (doc) and PDF format.
PublicationSustainable Agriculture in Small States( 2010) Virtual University for the Small States of the Commonwealth (VUSSC)Upon completion of the Sustainable Agriculture for Small States Course you will be able to: 1. Employ the best practices in crop management and livestock management. 2. Describe the anatomy and physiology of farm animals. 3. Employ appropriate nutritional practices supporting your livestock. 4. Identify animal health and wellness issues. 5. Examine the need for food security. 6. Employ appropriate pest management strategies. 7. Employ appropriate record management practices. 8. Explain the harvest management process. 9. Appropriately manage a small farm operation. 10. How to effectively use agriculture value chains and cooperatives.